The VisionFive V1 single-board computer picks up RISC-V where the BeagleV left off

The beagle It was supposed to be one of the first affordable single-board computers with a RISC-V processor. But the board, which was introduced in January, never went into mass production and the entire project was scrapped in July.

But now, StarFive has unveiled a new single-board PC with similar specs but with a slightly different design. called VisionFive V1, a 3.9 x 2.8-inch computer board powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core SiFive U74 processor based on the RISC-V architecture.

The chip includes AI features for computer vision and other machine learning tasks, as well as support for hardware-accelerated video decoding for 4K video up to 60Hz or two 4K/30Hz displays.

Other features of the VisionFive V1 include 8GB of LPDDR4 memory, a microSD card for storage, and ports including:

  • 1 x Gigabit Ethernet
  • 1 x HDMI 1.4
  • 1 x 3.5 mm audio
  • 4 USB 3.0 ports
  • 1 x USB Type-C (for power)

There’s also a 40-pin GPIO connector, MIPI-DSI and MIPI-CSI connectors for monitors and/or cameras, and built-in support for WiFi 4 and Bluetooth 4.2.

The board will ship with support for Fedora Linux as well as other operating systems including Yocto, Buildroot, FreeRTOS and Zephyr, with plans to add support for other operating systems in the future.

Although StarFive hasn’t announced a release date yet, the company is set to present its VisionFive V1 on December 8th during the RISC-V Summit, and according to a set of slides prepared for the presentation, the board will sell for $149.

The chipset also mentions plans for an upcoming VisionFive V2 board with a quad-core U74 processor, a GPU with “high performance” 3D graphics support, and support for PCIe 2.0 x2 xna HDMI 2.0.

Via LinuxGizmos, RVspace Forum, and CNX Software

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